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71 + 49 = Quicker + Safer
December 12, 2012
Article announces that U.S. 71 has been officially renamed Interstate 49. Details regarding recent improvements aimed at bringing the highway up to federal interstate system standards are provided. A Missouri...
Bruce R. Watkins Drive Nears End of Long, Bumpy Road to Completion
Photos, maps, and extensive article about the completion of "Bruce R. Watkins Drive, the 10-mile road more than a half century in the making," with its last leg from "Linwood Boulevard to the downtown...
Bygone Byway Recalled
May 29, 2005
Article describes the history of the Jefferson Highway, which stretched from New Orleans to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the early days of automobile traffic. The highway, a predecessor of U.S. 71, passed through...
Durand's Chicken Dinners-Nothing Better
February 19, 2014
Postcard image of Durand's Restaurant in Platte Woods, Missouri (7512 N.W. Highway 71) and a short article about the development of the city. Platte Woods was incorporated in 1956 in order to avoid annexation...
East Crossroads Area Sees Revitalization on Horizon
February 1-8, 2008
The East Crossroads "runs approximately from Grand Boulevard to U.S. Highway 71 and from Truman Road to the railroad tracks behind Union Station." As artists are priced out of the Crossroads District,...
Highway to Hell
June 9-15, 2005
Article describes a June 4, 2005 meeting at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, held to discuss the possibility of removing traffic signals on the Bruce R. Watkins Drive (Highway 71). Some see the traffic...
Housing Boom: Watkins Drive's Neighbors Say Blasting Damaged Their Homes
Article describing damage to homes in the area of Bruce Watkins Drive. Construction of the highway made explosions necessary, resulting in cracked windows and gas pipes in neighborhood homes.
Jefferson Highway: The Palm To Pine Vacation Route of America
With the ever-growing popularity of the automobile and the need for paved roads, associations began to organize to improve roads throughout the nation. The Jefferson Highway Association was an early association...
Kansas City Tips
Tips on places to eat in Kansas City, mainly fine restaurants, along with some information on the city as a food distributing center.
Metropolitan Kansas City: Industrial Map
A map of the Kansas City metropolitan area, color-coded to indicate light industry areas, heavy industry areas, switching limits, commercial zones, and public lands. Map also shows major roads and highways,...
Motel Memories: What Became of Kansas City's Motor Courts?
Article about the passing of small motels and motor courts in the Kansas City area, being replaced by large chain hotels and motels on superhighways. Photos, illustrations, maps, and descriptions of motels...
Political Opportunity, Community Identity, and the Emergence of a Local Anti-Expressway Movement
Article examines the community movement against the contruction of Bruce R. Watkins Drive (then known as the South Midtown Freeway) in the 1960's and 1970's .
Results of County Planning: Jackson County, Missouri
Photo of "the W. D. Johnson farm, formerly the home of Rube Mastin [or Reuben Mastin], at State Highway 71 and County line."
Richard Corliss Photograph Collection Finding Aid
Richard Corliss was born in Springfield, Massachussetts, in 1915 and moved to Kansas City in 1944. He worked as a freelance photographer, capturing scenes for sale to local news agencies. His collection...
May 26-June 1, 2005
Article questions the safety of signaled intersections on Bruce R. Watkins Drive (Highway 71). Includes information about the contentious history of the road, which combines features of a freeway and landscaped...
Sanborn Map, Kansas City, Vol. 9, 1930-1941, Page p1114
A portion of Kansas City from E. 74th Street south to E. 77th Street and from Wayne Avenue east to Brooklyn Avenue, showing buildings, streets, and additions. Large numbers at edges of page refer to page...
Triangle Trauma Will Soon Fade
December 13, 2007
Illustration and article about the changes to the Grandview Triangle, a "sea of congestion where Interstate 470, Interstate 435 and U.S. 71 converge in southeast Kansas City." In 2005 the Missouri General...
We can See the Future from Here
November 6, 2004
Article on redesign project for Grandview Triangle provides facts and figures for the reconfiguration of the notorious intersection of Interstates 435 and 470 and U.S. 71.
Who Was Bruce R. Watkins: The Road to a Highway
Photos, caption, and chronology of the history of Bruce R. Watkins Drive, a highway directly connecting Downtown to South Kansas City and completed in October 2001. Description of Bruce Watkins (black...
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